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Connecting the dots: Distribution grid investment to power the energy transition

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Join us on 14 January for the launch of this one of a kind study on investment needs in distribution grids – a joint undertaking by Eurelectric and EDSO (for smart grids)
For some time now there has been little to no analysis of investment drivers and estimated investment volumes in distribution grids at EU level, this study explores this gap and in particular tackles the following questions:

  • What investment volumes are we talking about and where do they predominately need to take place?
  • What are the main investment drivers other than the integration of renewables, such as electrification in transport but also digitalisation and resilience?
  • What are the overall societal benefits compared to the costs of these investments?
  • Finally, what are the changes in policy that we need for these investments to happen?

The study will be discussed and debated by our expertise panel made up of  representatives from the DSO industry, EU policy makers and the financial sector.

Confirmed speakers


  • Developing an integrated, interconnected and properly functioning European energy market.
  • Ensuring rapid implementation of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy legislation, while assessing the need to review legislation where appropriate. 
  • Implementing the European Green Deal in the energy sector and supporting Member States towards their goals, notably with National Energy and Climate Plans.
  • Respecting the energy-efficiency-first principle, improving the energy performance of buildings and the rate of renovations.
  • Promoting clean energy and renewables through better interconnectivity and energy storage.
  • Scaling up investment in clean energy through the European Green Deal Investment Plan.
  • Supporting smart integration of the electricity, heating, transport and industry sectors.
  • Helping to meet the EU’s electricity interconnection target, enhancing cross-border and regional cooperation.
  • Diversifying sources of supply at competitive prices, maximising the potential of affordable liquefied natural gas
  • Contributing to the design of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism and the review of the Energy Taxation Directive.
  • Further strengthening nuclear safety and safeguards, continuing nuclear decommissioning.
  • Make full use of the EU Treaties in adopting proposals on energy by co-decision and qualified majority voting.
  • Developing the Just Transition Fund to support those most affected by the ‘green transition’.
  • Empowering consumers at the heart of the EU’s energy system.

Kadri Simson

EU Commissioner for Energy

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Leohnard Birnbaum

Eurelectric VP Board Member, E.ON SE

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Dr Annegret Groebel is a Director of International Relations at the German Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas, Telecommunications, Post and Railway (BNetzA). Dr Groebel has worked for BNetzA since 1998. She is CEER President since January 2019 and was Vice President of CEER since 2012. She also co-chairs the CEER Market Integration and Transparency (MIT) Working Group since 2013. She is a member of the Board of Regulators of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). Dr Groebel has a PhD in Economics from the University of Mannheim, a M.A. (Master of European Administrative Management) from FH Bund (Bruehl) and a Diploma in Economics from the University of Heidelberg. She has an excellent knowledge of the European regulatory framework for electronic communications and as well as the regulatory framework for the internal energy market. She has experience in advising public authorities on regulatory reform and sector specific regulation and is actively involved in the work of the European Regulators Group (ERG) and of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC). Apart from her professional duties, she has also been lecturing for a considerable time on different subjects in economics, finance, social policy, trade policy and European Integration, as well as on the regulatory framework in the German and European telecommunications and energy markets at different universities and vocational training academies in Germany, the FSR in Italy, and Switzerland. Dr Groebel is the author of various publications in the field of telecommunications and energy regulation.

Annegreth Groebel

CEER President

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Christian Buchel

Chairman of E.DSO

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Kristian Ruby

Secretary General

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Pat O'Doherty

Eurelectric President-Chief Executive, ESB


Knud Pedersen

Chair of Eurelectric Dist & Market Facilitation Committee

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Manuel Baritaud

Manuel Baritaud

Senior Economist

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